TODAY in Glasgow – Day TWO

After a busy opening day, there were just eight men’s and eight women’s matches today as the quarter-finalists were decided.

Men’s Last Sixteen :

[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) 3-0 [9] Alan Clyne (SCO)  11-4, 11-5, 11-8 (38m)
[7] Chris Simpson (GGY) 3-1 [11] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)  11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7 (85m)
[3] Peter Barker (ENG) 3-0 [10] Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS)  11-7, 11-6, 11-3 (52m)
[5] Cameron Pilley (AUS) 3-0 [16] Greg Lobban (SCO)  11-6, 11-4, 11-6 (51m)

[12] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-0 Kelvin Ndhlovu (ZAM) 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 (35m)
[4] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 3-2 [14] Steve Finitsis (AUS)  11-2, 11-5, 4-11, 6-11, 11-8 (86m)
[15] Ivan Yuen (MAS) 3-1 [6] Alister Walker (BOT)   11-8, 9-11, 11-2, 11-8 (65m)
[2] James Willstrop (ENG) 3-0 [13] Martin Knight (NZL)  11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (31m)

Women’s Last Sixteen:

[1] Nicol David (MAS) 3-0 [16] Megan Craig (NZL) 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 (26m)
[8] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 3-0 [14] Samantha Cornett (CAN)  11-4, 11-5, 11-7 (34m)
[3] Joelle King (NZL) 3-1 [12] Joshana Chinappa (IND)  11-3, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5 (48m)
[7] Madeline Perry (NIR) 3-1 [10] Kasey Brown (AUS) 11-4, 10-12, 11-8, 11-5 (57m)

[6] Dipika Pallikal (IND) 3-0 [15] Delia Arnold (MAS)  11-6, 12-10, 11-5 (40m)
[4] Alison Waters (ENG) 3-1 [9] Rachael Grinham (AUS)  11-5, 2-11 ,14-12 , 11-9 (49m)
[5] Low Wee Wern (MAS) 3-1 [13] Tesni Evans (WAL)  11-5, 11-7, 12-14, 11-9 (83m)
[2] Laura Massaro (ENG) 3-1 [11] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) 11-7, 7-11, 11-4, 15-13 (39m)

Last Sixteen in brief …

14CG4118The first quarter-final place was claimed by New Zealand’s third seed Joelle King, overcoming Joshana Chinappa in four games. King stormed through the first then held off a late challenge from Chinappa in the second. The Indian recovered from a mid-game deficit in the third to pull one back, but after a tight opening to the fourth King stormed ahead to claim a place in the last eight. King will now meet Northern Ireland’s Madeline Perry, who beat Kasey Brown 3-1 in the final match of the afternoon session.

Defending champion Nicol David eased through to the quarters as the world number one beat young Kiwi Megan Craig in straight games. She’ll meet England’s Jenny Duncalf who also won in three, against Canadian Sam Cornett.

14CG5004In the men’s draw Guernsey flag-bearer Chris Simpson came through a lengthy four-game tussle with Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly to book the first quarter-final spot. Defending champion Nick Matthew disappointed the Glasgow crowd as he beat top Scot Alan Clyne in straight games. On the birthday of both players, the top seed was in control for most of the match, Clyne saving the best for last as he saved four match balls before finally succumbing.

Peter Barker kept the English bandwagon rolling as the third seed beat Nafiizwan Adnan in straight games. He’ll meet Cameron Pilley for a place in the semi-finals after the hard-hitting Aussie ended Scottish interest in the singles draws with a straight-games win over Greg Lobban.

The evening session started with another two English wins and two thoroughly entertaining four-game matches as Alison Waters beat Aussie veteran Rachael Grinham, and world champion Laura Massaro edged past Guyana’s Nicolette Fernandes 14-12 in the fourth.

I14CG6315ndia’s Dipika Pallikal secured a quarter-final spot as she beat Malaysia’s Delia Arnold in straight games, but fifth seed Low Wee Wern made it two Malaysians in the last eight as she fended off a feisty fightback from Tesni Evans to win in four games.

14CG7082In the men’s matches Saurav Ghosal let a two-game lead slip before prevailing over Steve Finitsis in the fifth, while Kiwi Campbell Grayson ended the run of giant-killer Kelvin Ndhlovu in straight games.

Young Malaysian Ivan Yuen took over as the giant-killer though as the 15th seed beat Botswana’s Alister Walker, the sixth seed, in four games where he showed fine shotmaking and retrieving skills, and second seed James Willstrop claimed the final place in the quarter-finals, his straight-game win over Martin Knight taking the English tally to six, three in each event.


They Said:

14CG7248Ivan Yuen: “That was one of my best matches – I’m really happy,” said the 23-year-old from Kuala Lumpur. “When I was leading, I thought ‘this time I have a chance’. I stayed focussed, telling myself to play my own game.

“I was quite relaxed, I think the pressure was on him.

“It’s my first time in the quarters – one of the best results of my career.”

14CG4973Nick Matthew:  “It’s so bizarre that we have the same birthday and then play in the Commonwealth Games on that day,” said 34-year-old Matthew. “It’s freaky!

“I got the job done. He was playing his best stuff at the end there and I’ve not had a match of that quality for a while. Even with the injury, our season ended in May so it was May since my last game in front of a crowd like this, so it will stand me in good stead for the rest of the tournament.

“The last few days I’ve had the flag-bearing; on Thursday it was my 100th cap; and today my birthday. Hopefully there’s nothing on Saturday! I’m ready to focus on the squash now.”

14CG4736Chris Simpson: “It was a very tense match – there was a lot of to’ing and fro’ing in the match. There was an injury break in the fourth after I accidentally trod on his toe which I think aggravated an earlier injury. I was starting to get back in to the match and it ruined my momentum, but then I had a good finish.

“I was very nervous this morning, thinking about the expectations of my country after carrying the flag at the Opening Ceremony – what if I dropped out without even getting the chance to get on the glass court?

“It’s a real relief to know that my next match is on the glass court – now I can allow myself to go and see what the setup looks like,” explained the world No23. “I refrained from doing so until I’d earned my place on it!

“Playing here is not just about being in the Commonwealth Games, but about representing Guernsey. For such a small country, Guernsey are doing a great job in supporting us over here.”

14CG6282Alison Waters:  “That was very tough,” said the No4 seed. “Rachael played really well – I had to dig deep in the third.

“You don’t get many last 16 matches in front of a crowd like this. It was a great feeling when you walk into the arena.”

14CG4574Megan Craig: “It was amazing – the best experience of my life, for sure,” said the 16th seed Kiwi. “You couldn’t ask for more: playing on an all-glass court, in front of this amazing crowd, and against the number one in the world – it just doesn’t get any better. It’s so good for squash.

“Getting selected to be here has been my biggest goal for a long time – and I guess the next will be to break into the world’s top 30 and winning some big events. I really want squash to be in the Olympics – I could be in my prime then!

“I’m now looking forward to playing in the doubles. I’m playing with Kylie Lindsay and we meet Nicol and (Low) Wee Wern in the first round. We played them recently and lost by just one point!”

14CG3979Joelle King: “I’m glad to get through that one. I started off really well and had a patch where Joshana really came back and had a bit of momentum but I relaxed again in the fourth and got the win,” said world No4 King.

“The crowd was amazing – I had butterflies in my stomach coming out there. The court is probably one of the best courts I’ve ever played on.

“I guess it is the biggest event of my career. I’ve probably been preparing since I lost in the quarter-finals in the singles last time.”

14CG5533Cameron Pilley: “I made it this far four years ago but need to look forward to a good win tomorrow to give myself medal chances.

“The atmosphere here is amazing – just unbelievable. It’s like a Coliseum – like playing in a pit of Scots! Hopefully the crowd will switch their allegiances to me tomorrow!”

Jenny Duncalf: “I’m pretty pleased, I’ve not played Sam before so I didn’t want to take her for granted at all, she’s a good player. I started off quite well and managed to keep my focus, I didn’t give her any errors and I was moving well.”

Madeline Perry: “Delhi was stressful for me – so it’s all about enjoying it this time,” said the 37-year-old world No11 from Belfast. “I’ve always struggled with Kasey – she’s beaten me a good few times. But today I felt I was in control of most of the rallies.

“I tore my adductor a few months ago which knocked me back a bit – and it’s only the last month or so that I’ve felt normal!

“Retirement? I think I said it after the last three Commonwealth Games – and I’m still here. But I think this will definitely be my last Games!”

14CG6428Saurav Ghosal: “I played pretty well in the first two games but Steve did fantastically well to take the next two,” said the world No4 seed from Kolkata.

“It was neck and neck in the fifth – I was 7-6 down but managed to string together four or five points in a row to take the match.

“Winning a match like that is physically demanding, but it gives you a lot of confidence mentally,” Ghosal continued. “I have really been focussing on the Commonwealth Games for the last six or seven months. I am very happy to be the first Indian to make the quarter-finals.”

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Plate Competitions

The Plate competitions began today – three events for First Match losers, Second Match losers, and Plate First Match losers. You can check out the results on the Official Games Results service (link in the footer, good luck!)